2007-08 Big Ten Stats Preview

    
September 18th, 2007

This is the second of six mini statistical previews of the major conferences. Each one includes projected starting lineups, projected stats for each player, and a short comment. (Stats are listed in order of points, rebounds, then assists).

Illinois

G Chester Frazier - 10, 4, 6
G Demetri McCamey - 7, 3, 4
F Calvin Brock - 8, 5, 2
F Brian Randle - 11, 7, 1
C Shaun Pruitt - 14, 10, 0
6 Trent Meachem - 8, 3, 2

Juco newcomer Rodney Alexander also figures to get substantial time, especially now that Jamar Smith is unavailable. The team would be better off with Meachem starting in place of McCamey and hitting from long-range, but he just might not be good enough.

Indiana

G Armon Bassett - 8, 3, 4
G Eric Gordon - 17, 4, 5
G AJ Ratliff - 12, 3, 2
F Lance Stemler - 9, 4, 1
F DJ White - 15, 7, 1
6 Jordan Crawford - 7, 2, 3

Gordon is a star, but I still don't expect him to come in and average 20+ from day one in this offense. Crawford will get major minutes at the point, while fellow freshman Eli Holman will also have an impact.

Iowa

G Tony Freeman - 11, 3, 5
G Justin Johnson - 12, 3, 2
F Cyrus Tate - 7, 5, 1
F Jarryd Cole - 7, 6, 1
C Kurt Looby - 7, 6, 0
6 Seth Gorney - 8, 6, 1

Looby and Gorney will split time at center, but neither is spectacular. Freshman Cole and transfer David Palmer from Seton Hall add depth to the frontcourt, but neither can light it up. Freshman point gaurd Jeff Peterson probably isn't ready for the big time, but there's no reason to hold him back now.

Michigan

G Jerret Smith - 8, 3, 4
G Manny Harris - 10, 3, 2
F Jevohn Sheperd - 9, 3, 2
F DeShawn Sims - 10, 5, 1
F Ekpe Udoh - 11, 8, 1
6 Ron Coleman - 8, 5, 1

Amaker left the cupboard pretty bare, but he never had it filled to begin with. Harris and fellow freshman Kelvin Grady will get extended minutes from opening day. Statistically, its hard to imagine anyone really blowing up.

Michigan State

G Travis Walton - 6, 3, 7
G Drew Neitzel - 17, 3, 5
F Raymar Morgan - 14, 6, 1
F Marquise Gray - 10, 7, 1
C Goran Suton - 8, 7, 2
6 Drew Naymick - 5, 4, 1

The Spartans have a little bit of everything. With added depth from newcomers like Kalin Lucas and Chris Allen, Neitzel wont have to shoulder so much of the load. Expect those two to get legit minutes on what is one of the deepest teams in the Big Ten.

Minnesota

G Lawrence McKenzie - 17, 4, 3
G Jamal Abu-Shamala - 10, 4, 2
F Brandon Smith - 7, 4, 1
F Dan Coleman - 12, 6, 1
C Spencer Tollackson - 14, 6, 1
6 Kevin Payton - 4, 2, 4

This roster is full of blah talent. They'd be better off if Payton could handle the point, relegating Abu-Shamala to a reserve role. Sophomore Lawrence Westbrook and freshman Blake Hoffarber will also see time in the guard rotation. Hoffarber can light it up if given a chance.

Northwestern

G Michael Thompson - 7, 2, 5
G Jason Okrzesik - 8, 2, 2
G Craig Moore - 8, 3, 2
F Jeff Ryan - 8, 4, 1
F Kevin Coble - 16, 6, 2
6 Sterling Williams - 6, 3, 1

Despite being a freshman, Thompson should start at point from day one. Coble could surpass those numbers simply because there's no one else to score the ball. Freshman forward Mike Cpocci should end up getting as much time as Williams off the bench.

Ohio State

G Jamar Butler - 12, 3, 5
G Evan Turner - 10, 3, 3
F David Lighty - 8, 4, 2
F Othello Hunter - 13, 8, 1
C Kosta Koufos - 13, 7, 2
6 Matt Terwilliger - 6, 3, 1

The Buckeyes season depends on how well Butler plays, not just handling the ball whether he finds ways to score. Hunter would have started for almost any other team in the country last year, and could put up some serious numbers.

Penn State

G Mike Walker - 8, 2, 3
G Danny Morrissey - 8, 3, 2
G Geary Claxton - 15, 7, 2
F Jamelle Cornley - 15, 7, 2
C Brandon Hasell - 7, 5, 1
6 Stanley Pringle - 8, 2, 2

Pringle, a solid Juco signing, will get important minutes at guard and could relegate Morrissey to the bench. Redshirt freshmen DJ Jackson and Andrew Jones will also be part of the forward rotation.

Purdue

G Chris Kramer - 9, 3, 4
G Tarrance Crump - 6, 2, 2
G E'Twaun Moore - 13, 3, 4
F Gordon Watt - 6, 5, 1
F Scott Martin - 10, 5, 1
6 Keaton Grant - 7, 4, 2

Senior Crump might not start down the line, but I think Painter might give him a chance to start the season. Besides Moore and Martin, fellow rookies JaJuan Johnson and Robbie Hummel will be part of the main rotation.

Wisconsin

G Michael Flowers - 9, 4, 4
G Trevon Hughes - 8, 3, 3
F Joe Krabbenhoft - 10, 5, 2
F Marcus Landry - 10, 6, 1
C Brian Butch - 12, 7, 1
6 Jason Bohannon - 9, 3, 2

Bohannon could easily get the starting spot over Hughes, or Bo Ryan could play both in a 3-guard lineup. The frontcourt is solid, and will get addition support from Greg Stiemsma and freshman Jon Leuer off the bench.

Top PPG
1) Drew Neitzel (17)
2) Eric Gordon (17)
3) Lawrence McKenzie (17)

Top RPG
1) Shaun Pruitt (10)
2) Othello Hunter (8)

Top APG
1) Travis Walton (7)
2) Chester Frazier (6)